Excuses, excuses

  • Wednesday, April 17, 2013

A few days ago I embarked on a trip to a leaders’ conference. The title of the conference was 21st Century Leadership.
Something occurred to me when one of the attendees was preparing. The person asked me what time we were leaving for the conference. I gave her the time. Her response was, “Nobody told me.”
I thought it ironic that someone on their way to a 21st Century Leadership Conference would say something like that.                               
Her words implied that it is somebody else’s fault why she did not know the time of departure. It is because nobody told her.
I wonder, did she ask? I know the answer. She did not ask.
If I am going someplace I have a responsibility to myself to get all the information I need. Leaders have to be proactive and not reactive. Leaders don’t say things like “Nobody told me,” when they should have asked.
There are a number of instances and situations in which we say “I didn’t know” when in fact we should have known. Why didn’t we know? The answer is usually because we did not ask.
All the gadgets in the world won’t make you a leader. Neither will titles do it. The most important part of leadership has to do with the conduct and the character of the leader. What kind of person is he or she, and how do they carry themselves?
It is always easier to blame people for what is wrong in our lives. No organization will ever exceed the level of its leader or leaders. Stop making excuses. Be proactive. What happens to you is not anybody’s fault. You are responsible for your life.

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